England: We call on Sunak to set out action plan
01 September 2020
The paper – the work of a short life working group bringing together a unique range of official and professional bodies – examines the current national and local financial support packages currently available to dental practices.
It sets out key recommendations, including calls for an extension of the coronavirus job retention scheme for the dental sector, lengthening the repayment period for government loans, and extension of business rates relief for dental practices.
The report hinges on survey data gathered by the BDA in which we found that in England:
- Two thirds of practices (66%) are running at less than a quarter of pre-pandemic capacity
- 79% are likely or extremely likely to face financial difficulty in 3-6 months
- 54% lack confidence their practice could maintain current staffing levels in the coming year
- 78% determine 'fallow time' to be the greatest obstacle towards increasing activity levels
Our Chief executive, Martin Woodrow has said: “Patient access to dentistry remains limited, and we face a real risk of deep health inequalities widening. The measured view of this paper is that a vital healthcare service – now operating at a fraction of its former capacity – requires urgent support. While short term assistance has been offered to NHS contractors, private providers have largely had to go it alone.
From the extension of business rates relief to ensuring necessary funding is in place to support services for vulnerable populations, the Treasury has a responsibility to take heed, and set out a clear plan to keep dentistry afloat."